What do you do when you buy some ink that happens to come with a free pen, and you discover that you’re absolutely in love with said pen? You buy more ink, of course!
I fell in love with the Charlie pen by Noodler’s that came with my purchase of Heart of Darkness. These larger bottles with pens were a special edition limited run, but they can still be found out there on Amazon, eBay, and several other sites.
I couldn’t resist an ink named Dragon’s Napalm, and so I’ve now added it to my collection. As fun as it was to watch black ink slosh around inside the pen, it’s even more fun with Dragon’s Napalm, which is rather bloodlike. I can sign all my future contracts in blood now, yay!
The ink comes out in a brilliant cherry red, reminiscent of dragons guarding their hordes of gold deep in the mountains of 1960’s fantasy novels. Like all Noodler’s inks that I have experienced, it flows well and is such a joy to write with. It’s perfect for proofreading or plotting the death of antagonists.
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I’m starting to build up a bit of collection of fountain pen ink, and I’ve not been doing my duty in telling you all about it. Time for that to change!
I admit I’d set my fountain pens aside for a little while. I hadn’t been keeping them properly clean, and I’d just been so busy that I hadn’t bothered. But I got a little Christmas money and decided to spend it on something that had been on my wish list for quite some time: Heart of Darkness by Noodler’s.
Now, I didn’t just go and buy any regular 3 ounce bottle. No, I sprung for the 4.5 ounce bottle that comes with a free pen! Yay!
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is that this is one massive bottle of ink. I’ll go through an awful lot of character development and plot rearranging before I ever run out.
The second thing I noticed was that the pen had no cartridge converter. I looked at for a full five minutes, taking it apart and putting it back together again (thinking at first that it was missing some pieces), before I figured it out. The Charlie pen by Noodler’s does not, in fact, have a cartridge converter nor does it need one. The ink is allowed to slosh around freely in the pen tube. A small canal cut into the side of the feed lets the ink flow down to the nib. This seems very efficient to me, since no ink is wasted inside a converter. It’s also a lot of fun to tip the pen back and forth and watch the ink when you should be writing.
As for the ink itself, the name does a good job of describing it. This is a truly black ink, and one that is very satisfying to write with. There are no delicate color fluctuations to write about this time; it’s simply black. It’s a great ink for striking out your To Do list.
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